Curriculum Vitae


I am an assistant professor of Sociology and the College, member of the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and fellow at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. Before coming to Chicago, I received my doctorate in sociology from Stanford University, served as a research associate in the Negotiation, Organizations, and Markets group at Harvard Business School, started a private high school in Utah focused on project-based arts education, and completed a B. A. in Anthropology from Brigham Young University. In the course of these events, I was married to Jeannie Evans and we now have four (fabulous) children, Noah (14), Ruth (12), Anna (8) and Kate (2). My research centers on the sociology of knowledge, especially the sociology of science and technology but also news, professional, popular and religious knowledge, economic sociology, organizations and work. (see my cv for more on background and experience…).



My current work explores how social and technical institutions shape knowledge—science, scholarship, law, news, religion—and how these understandings reshape the social and technical world. I particularly interested in the relation of markets to science and knowledge more broadly. I have studied how industry collaboration shapes the ethos, secrecy and organization of academic science; the web of individuals and institutions that produce innovations; and markets for ideas and their creators. I have also examined the impact of the Internet on knowledge in society. My work uses natural language processing, the analysis of social and semantic networks, statistical modeling, and field-based observation and interviews. My research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and has been published in Science, American Journal of Sociology, Social Studies of Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, PLoS Computational Biology and other journals.  My work has been featured in Nature, the Economist, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, NPR, BBC, El País, CNN and many other outlets.



I currently teach the history of modern science, Science, Culture and Society III; an introduction to the empirical content of sociology, Social Structure & Change; a graduate seminar on the Sociology of Science and a graduate course on Content Analysis, which focuses on exploiting textual and other content as a research resource.  My teaching interests are broad, and I have taught courses on economic sociology, organizations and public policy, philosophy, world history and the history of science. I co-founded an independent high school in 1992, where I served as executive director and pioneered a project-based curriculum in social studies and world history. I have taught or served as teaching assistant for courses at the University of Chicago, Stanford, Harvard, and Brigham Young University. (more about teaching)




Contact James A. Evans: 773-834-3612,

Sociology Department, University of Chicago, 1126 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637